The city government of Dumaguete, through its Sectoral Desk Office, has cited several tricycle drivers for their good deeds like returning cash and other valuable items left by passengers, as it capped its People’s Week celebration last Friday at the Quezon Park.

As part of the culmination activity of the celebration which ran from Dec. 2 to 6, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and other city officials presided and awarded the certificates of recognition for the good examples shown by the recipient tricycle drivers.

Among the recipients are Isaias Arapoc, Ricky Bert Callao, Ronald Fonollera, Bobby Sta. Ana, Jelbert Balasabas, Elegio Gajelloma, Joenard Sta. Ana, Chito Orgente, Valentin Seblero, Danilo Martinez, Lucrecio Visitacion, Jinler Acab, Odwender Despi, Bonifacio Cadalin, Josechito Abella, Reynaldo Cerbo, Antonieto Mondejar, Jinque Rebuya and Fidel Rodriguez.

Also present during the awarding ceremony are Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, Councilors Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Bernice Elmaco and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores.

While actions of discourteous, arrogant and disrespectful pedicab drivers caught on video would usually go viral in social media, local government units have to do something for “a few good men in the tricycle industry in Dumaguete City”, Aquino said.

Aquino said these tricycle drivers deserve a pat on their shoulders and should be recognized together with their families to show the city is proud of them.

Upon inventory, 22 tricycle drivers have returned cash and other personal belongings and valuable items left by passengers and were turned over to the police, to radio stations, to the sectoral desk, and the Traffic Management Office (TMO).

One tricycle driver could not hold back his tears when interviewed by the staff of the Sectoral Desk Office, saying that in spite of poverty, he cannot afford to let his children eat from using the money left by another person in his rented tricycle unit. His wife and children shared the same sentiment in expressing pride about his good deeds.

(With report from Philippine News Agency)